DR Anthony Annan, a sports and
musculoskeletal medicine and family medicine specialist, based in the UK has
become the first Ghanaian medical doctor to receive a Fellowship Accolade Award
from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in the USA.
The ACSM is a world-renowned sports
medicine organisation which consists of physicians, clinicians, exercise
scientists, sports scientists, exercise physiologists, and physical therapists
(physiotherapists), among others.
The ACSM selects only a small percentage of
its members as fellows.
Dr Anthony Annan is a product of the Ghana
National College, Cape Coast and a graduate of the University of Ghana Medical
He was awarded this highest accolade as a
fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Friday May 31, 2019
in Orlando, Florida USA.
This was in recognition of his hard work
and contribution to sports and exercise medicine in areas of research, clinical
work and contributions to the work of the ACSM in the UK, Ghana and the USA for
Dr Annan has played numerous roles in the
UK, Ghana and the USA in sports medicine activities and clinical research.
He received the accolade from the 2018-19
outgoing President of the ACSM, Dr Kathryn Schmitz and the incoming 2019-20
President of ACSM, Dr William Kraus who congratulated him for the sterling
achievement at the ceremony.
By that feat, Dr Annan also became the
first Ghanaian and only black African physician in Africa, except South Africa,
to be awarded such an accolade.
In a telephone conversation with Ghanaian
Times, Dr Annan said it was humbling to receive such an award.
“However, it’s not about my achievement as
a Fellow of ACSM, but rather about serving the communities in Ghana to improve
the health of the population including, elite and ordinary exercising
individuals, and athletes.
“My aim is to work as part of a team in Ghana and bring together all specialists and scientists in sports and physical activity in Ghana, to push the scientific and research frontiers in sports exercise and rehabilitation medicine in Ghana and Africa.
BY ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI
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